BRITISH COLUMBIA OPEN UNIVERSITY

 
BRITISH COLUMBIA OPEN UNIVERSITY

Courses and Programs Overview                            Continuous Course Registration
                                                         Most distance courses delivered by BCOU are
The British Columbia Open University (BCOU)
                                                         offered on a continuous basis, so students may
offers courses and programs at three levels:
                                                         register throughout the year.
adult basic education, college, and university.
                                                         Labs, clinicals, selected classroom offerings, and
Credentials awarded include adult secondary school
                                                         some paced courses have fixed start dates (see below).
completion, certificates, diplomas, associate degrees,
bachelor’s degrees, and one master’s degree              Varied Course Delivery Formats
(doctoral degrees are not available at this time).
                                                         BCOU-delivered courses are offered in the
BCOU delivers over 200 distance courses of its own.      following formats:
Consortium partners—Simon Fraser University
(SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC),         • Print-based—Course is print-based. Some print-
and the University of Victoria (UVic)—deliver over         based courses may have optional Web content
300 courses. Other courses and programs are                and/or Web interaction. Internet access is not
offered in co-operation with various educational           required to complete the course.
institutions, professional associations, workplaces,     • Web-based—Course is Web-based. Most Web-
and community organizations.                               based courses have some printed materials.
Most universities, community colleges, provincial          All Web-based courses have mandatory Web
institutes, businesses, industries, and professional       content, and most have Web student-to-student
associations recognize the credits earned through          interaction. Internet access is required to
BCOU courses and programs.                                 complete the course.
                                                         • In Person—Course is delivered face-to-face in a
                                                           classroom setting or as a lab, clinical, workshop,
                                                           or fieldwork.
 Professional associations recognizing
 credentials earned through BCOU include:                Not all delivery formats are offered for each course.
 Applied Science Technologists and Technicians           Course materials may include audiocassettes,
 of BC                                                   DVDs, videos, or computer disks.
 Appraisal Institute of Canada, BC
                                                         Tutor Support/Contact Choice
 Association of Administrative Assistants
                                                         Students registered in courses delivered at a
 Association of Tourism Professionals                    distance by BCOU receive instructional support
 Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators           from highly qualified tutors.
 Canadian Healthcare Association                         Students can communicate with their tutor by
 Canadian Institute of Management                        email, phone, or regular mail for most courses
 Canadian Payroll Association                            and also by electronic conference for paced courses.
 Certified General Accountants Association               Flexible Course Scheduling
 Certified Management Accountants Society of BC
                                                         Most distance courses delivered by BCOU are
 College of Dental Hygienists of BC                      designed for students to complete within a
 College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC              specified time frame at a place and pace that
 College of Physical Therapists of BC                    suit their needs.
 Credit Union Institute of Canada                        Some print-based and Web-based courses are offered
 Institute of Canadian Bankers                           as paced where a group of students works through
                                                         the course together. Courses offered as paced have
 Institute of Chartered Accountants
                                                         specific start and end dates. Students start the
 Institute of Chartered Secretaries Association          course at the same time, submit assignments (and
 Municipal Officers’ Association                         project examinations when appropriate) by specific
 Purchasing Management Association of Canada             due dates, and write their final examination at a
                                                         pre-determined session. Extensions are limited and
 Real Estate Institute of BC
                                                         granted only for exceptional circumstances.
 Registered Nurses Association of BC

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SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

    Educational Advising and Planning                         Learning Evaluation and Advising Program
                                                              (LEAP)
    Student Services advisors can answer questions
    concerning prerequisites and entrance requirements        BCOU’s Learning Evaluation and Advising Program
    to specific programs, transfer credit, challenge          (LEAP) is available for those who wish to have their
    credit, assessment of informal credit, preliminary        previous learning evaluated and require assistance
    program planning, course sequencing, and course           in choosing an academic program. Anyone may
    selection. Information is provided for students who       apply for LEAP, including students of BCOU and
    need help with study skills or other education-           other post-secondary institutions as well as those
    related concerns. Refer to the BCOU Website or            considering a return to school. LEAP is designed to
    contact Student Services.                                 help people from various backgrounds choose an
                                                              academic path.
    Information is provided on the BCOU Website at
                Applicants submit documentation of their previous
    to help students start and continue successfully          learning for examination by a BCOU program
    as distance learners. A self-test is included that        advisor. As LEAP is not a BCOU credential,
    prospective students can take to assist in                applicants do not receive a certificate. Applicants
    determining if distance learning fits their lifestyle.    receive a report outlining any potential transfer
                                                              credit to BCOU and suggesting options for reaching
    Students considering completing a program                 their academic goal(s). The LEAP report provides
    through BCOU should identify a program of                 applicants with a preliminary assessment of their
    interest to them and contact Student Services to:         past learning, an estimate of the number of credits
    • Review and confirm educational goals.                   for any completed coursework, and options for best
                                                              reaching their academic goals, based on their past
    • Clarify the process for receiving credit for
                                                              experience and education.
      previous formal and non-formal learning.
                                                              LEAP applicants are not obligated to follow one of
    • Confirm how to apply for program admission.
                                                              the academic programs suggested on the report.
    After a student has received the program                  The LEAP report is used as a guide for those
    admission confirmation (including evaluation              uncertain about how to reach their academic goals.
    details), a program advisor is available to assist with
                                                              Applicants are required to submit the LEAP
    selecting courses required to complete the program.
                                                              application form with the LEAP fee and their
    In some cases students may use certificate,               educational documents to BCOU Admissions. The
    diploma, or associate degree studies toward a             LEAP application form is available on the BCOU
    university degree.                                        Website and from Student Services. Applicants
    Not all courses needed to complete certain                should receive their LEAP reports approximately
    programs are offered through BCOU. In many                two to four weeks from the date that BCOU
    cases, students take courses at other post-secondary      receives all required documentation.
    institutions with a Letter of Permission to complete      If a LEAP applicant applies to a BCOU program
    program requirements.                                     within six months from the date of the LEAP
    Degree programs offered in association with               report, the LEAP fee is deducted from their
    institutions outside BC may specify fees that             program plan fee.
    vary according to the relationship of BCOU with           For more information, refer to the BCOU Website
    a particular institution.                                 or contact Student Services.
    Students completing a college-level program with
                                                              First Nations Learning Centres
    BCOU are awarded an Open College credential.
    Students completing a university-level program            In its commitment to First Nations learners, BCOU
    with BCOU are awarded a British Columbia                  has assisted in establishing community-based
    Open University credential.                               First Nations Learning Centres across the province.
                                                              At these centres, First Nations students learn at
    Financial Aid and Awards                                  their own pace in a setting that is in tune with
    BCOU’s Financial Aid and Awards service helps             their culture and their own communities. BCOU’s
    students access institutional and government              partner First Nations Learning Centres offer
    financial assistance. Refer to pages 15–17.               Adult Basic Education (ABE) upgrading courses
                                                              and programs, business and other college courses,
                                                              and some university-level courses.

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SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

Proficiency in English Requirements
                                                       Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Score and
Students are required to have proficiency in English   Required Level of Study
suitable for the course level.
                                                       LPI score levels and the corresponding levels of
• BCOU’s college and university courses require        college-level and university-level English
  post-secondary English reading and writing skills.   recommended are listed below.
• Students registering for courses that do not         Level 6
  specify prerequisites beyond English 12 should       Enrol in first-year university course, e.g., ENGL 100
  have sufficient English proficiency if they meet     or 102, or college-level ENGL 107 if suitable for
  one of the following requirements (provided as       student’s goals.
  a guideline):
                                                       Level 5
  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)        (with minimum score of 30/40 on essay section)
  Computer Based Test (CBT) with a minimum             Enrol in first-year university course, e.g., ENGL 100
  score of 250 (600 on the paper-based test), or       or 102, or college-level course suitable for
  TOEFL CBT with a minimum score of 230                student’s goals.
  (570 on the paper-based test) and a minimum          Level 4
  essay (TWE) score of 4.5, or
                                                       Enrol in college-level ENGL 106 or (ABE) ENGL 030.
  Language Proficiency Index (LPI) Level 5
                                                       Level 3 and Below
  with a minimum score of 30/40 on the essay
  section, or                                          Remedial English is required—discuss level with a
                                                       Student Services or program advisor.
  International English Language Testing System
  (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.                 Language Testing Resources
Students who have not obtained the required            LPI, a provincially recognized assessment, is available
proficiency in English for the course level should     for a fee from UBC’s Applied Research and
discuss their plans with a Student Services advisor    Evaluation Services. Phone 604.822.4145 or refer to
before registering.                                    the UBC Website at .
                                                       More information about English language testing is
English and Mathematics Assessments                    provided on the following Websites:
For students wanting to upgrade their English or       • www.ielts.org
mathematics skills, there are voluntary assessments
available to help determine skill levels.              • www.toefl.org

• The English Language and Writing Assessment
  can help students choose an English course at
  the level best suited to their needs. Students
  who have been away from formal studies for           Notice to Students
  some time are encouraged to make use of an
                                                       Most courses and programs offered by BCOU have
  English assessment. This assessment is available
                                                       Canadian content. Though some select courses may
  only to students residing in Canada.
                                                       be offered in other languages, the language of
• An English assessment with First Nations             business at BCOU is English, and therefore services
  content is available for First Nations students.     are provided in English.
• The Mathematics Self-Assessment helps                BCOU will assist students with any questions or
  students select a mathematics course at the          problems that may arise concerning the
  correct level.                                       interpretation of academic regulations. It is,
                                                       however, the responsibility of students to ensure
To order an assessment, contact Student Services.
                                                       that their academic programs meet the regulations
                                                       of a particular institution in all respects.

          PHONE 604.431.3300                                          1.800.663.9711                             3
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

    Disability Services Office                                Student Library Services
    Students with a disability can contact the Disability     Library and information services are provided to all
    Services Office (DSO) to discuss available services.      students currently registered in courses delivered by
    Services provided by DSO may include:                     BCOU. Services are accessible via the Web, by
                                                              phone, fax, email, regular mail, and in person at the
    • Course material and BCOU publications in                BCOU Library, 4355 Mathissi Place, Burnaby, BC.
      alternative formats, e.g., electronic or large print
                                                              Electronic, print, and video resources are available
    • Referrals for adaptive technology and equipment         through the BCOU Library. Some of the core
    • Special arrangements and modification for               services provided to students include:
      examinations (refer to the policy on page 27)           • Access to skilled librarians who provide
    • Advice on specialized tutoring, depending on              research assistance
      eligibility                                             • Database searching assistance
    • Disability-related general guidance and support         • Access to electronic full-text and citation databases
    Adaptive equipment or materials take time to              • Access to BCOU’s library collection
    arrange. Therefore, students are advised to indicate
    their intention to register a minimum of ten weeks        • Access to SFU’s collection of books and periodicals
    before their intended course start date. Verification     • Access to the resources of other libraries through
    of disability is required to receive services from DSO.     interlibrary loan
    The types of services available may be different for      • Study skills resources
    students residing outside British Columbia and for        • Delivery of non-returnable items to any location
    students taking courses delivered by SFU, UBC,
    or UVic.                                                  • Delivery of returnable items to many locations
                                                                (some restrictions apply; contact the library
    Students requiring services should self-identify at         for information)
    the time of course registration or program
    admission or contact DSO.                                 • Toll-free phone access for students residing
                                                                in Canada
    ■ Disability Services Office (DSO)                        • Library cards for local libraries by request
      dso@bcou.ca                                             Students registered in courses delivered by SFU,
      604.431.3043 or 1.800.663.1663, ext. 3043               UBC, or UVic acquire library services through the
      (toll-free in Canada)                                   institution delivering the course.
                                                              Students are responsible for all charges associated
                                                              with overdue or lost library materials. Official
                                                              transcripts are withheld until charges are cleared.

                                                              ■ BCOU Library
                                                                http://library.bcou.ca
                                                                illn@bcou.ca
                                                                604.431.3403 or 1.800.663.1699
                                                                (toll-free in Canada)
                                                                Fax 604.431.3362

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ADMISSION

Open Admission                                            Admission to a Program
All persons are eligible for general admission to         Students who plan to complete a credential with
BCOU and can apply for registration in courses            BCOU must complete and submit the BCOU
and admission to programs. Differential fees and          Program Admission/Transfer Credit form, provided
services may apply to applicants who are not              at the end of this calendar and on the BCOU
permanent residents of British Columbia.                  Website. Students may also apply for program
Applicants do not require a specific grade point          admission on the Post-secondary Application
average (GPA) and are not required to submit              Service of BC (PASBC) Website at .
transcripts from secondary school to be admitted          Students who have taken only courses previously
to BCOU and to register in courses.                       with BCOU and now want to complete a program
                                                          must apply for program admission.
Permanent Residents of British Columbia
                                                          Where BCOU offers degree programs in association
A permanent resident of British Columbia is               with institutions outside BC, fees may vary according
defined as a person who resides in British Columbia       to BCOU’s relationship with a particular institution.
and possesses Canadian citizenship or permanent
resident (landed immigrant) status.                       Transferring Credit from Other Institutions
International Students                                    Students who want to apply to receive formal
                                                          transfer credit for courses and programs completed
An international student is defined as a person
                                                          elsewhere should follow these procedures:
(a) who does not possess Canadian citizenship, or
(b) who is not classified as a permanent resident of      • Identify the BCOU program to be completed.
Canada under Canadian immigration regulations.              Applicants unsure about program choices may
                                                            want to consider BCOU’s Learning Evaluation
Non-Canadian students who are temporarily
                                                            and Advising Program (LEAP) (refer to page 2).
resident in Canada are eligible to enrol in courses
and programs provided all Employment and                  • Read all the rules and regulations pertaining to
Immigration Canada regulations have been fulfilled.         transfer credit and admission requirements of
Categories include but are not limited to those on a        the selected program.
student, visitor, or work authorization visa.             • Apply for program admission by completing
Non-Canadian students who are currently enrolled            and submitting the Program Admission/Transfer
at another post-secondary institution in Canada are         Credit form, with the program plan fee and
eligible to take courses, but are not eligible to enrol     transfer credit assessment fee.
in programs unless the program is offered in              • Arrange to have official transcripts from all
partnership with the institution they are attending.        post-secondary institutions attended sent
Normally, BCOU coursework cannot be used to                 directly to BCOU Admissions by the registrar’s
establish or extend a student authorization                 office of the post-secondary institution(s) where
(student visa).                                             the program or courses were completed.
Requirements                                                 Documents from outside Canada may need to
                                                             be evaluated by an accredited international
• Applicants to specific programs are required to
                                                             credential evaluation service such as
  fulfill program admission requirements.
                                                             .
• Applicants registering in courses must declare
                                                          • Provide additional supporting documentation
  that they have the required course prerequisites.
                                                            with the application, particularly if the
  Students who provide a false declaration may be
                                                            coursework is over seven years old or if the
  subject to penalties under the student conduct
                                                            course(s) were completed outside BC.
  policy (refer to pages 18–20).
                                                          BCOU begins the assessment of formal education
• Applicants must have proficiency in English at a
                                                          on receipt of all three of the following:
  level suitable to the course or program of study
                                                          (1) completed Program Admission/Transfer
  for which they are applying. University-level
                                                          Credit form;
  courses require English proficiency equivalent to
                                                          (2) full payment of the program plan fee and
  Grade 12 English or higher. While most BCOU
                                                          assessment of transfer credit fee; and
  courses and programs do not require any
                                                          (3) official transcripts of all post-secondary studies.
  particular English proficiency tests, prospective
  students who have English as a second language          Results of the assessment and outline of a program
  may be asked to provide information concerning          plan are sent to students.
  their proficiency in English (refer to page 3).

          PHONE 604.431.3300                                             1.800.663.9711                             5
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    Program Plans                                           Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
    A program plan is the record of a student’s progress    (PLAR)
    toward a credential (certificate, diploma, degree).     Students who have been admitted to or who plan
    Upon application to a program, a program plan is        to apply for admission to a BCOU program may be
    prepared by a BCOU academic program advisor             eligible for credit based on an assessment of their
    when the applicant’s official transcripts and           non-formal or prior learning. PLAR credit may be
    applicable fees have been received and transfer         used to complete their credential.
    credits have been assessed (minimum of four weeks
                                                            Prior learning includes the skills and knowledge
    is required for processing). Students pay a fee for
                                                            gained through learning experiences such as
    each program plan prepared (refer to page 12).
                                                            industry-based training, professional development
    A program plan shows the following:                     workshops and seminars, private study, and work
    (1) requirements for the program;                       experience. (Students who have completed formal
    (2) student’s transfer credit; and                      courses and programs must apply for transfer
    (3) remaining credits required for program              credit assessment before having their non-formal
    completion.                                             learning assessed.)
    Remaining credits may be earned through                 Normally, BCOU assesses prior learning in one of
    coursework or prior learning assessment and             two ways—challenge examination or prior learning
    recognition (PLAR) (by course challenge or              assessment portfolio.
    portfolio assessment) or a combination of both.
                                                            Challenge Examination
    Students should consult with their program advisor
    prior to registering in a course to ensure that the     Students may write one or more challenge
    course satisfies program requirements. Students         examinations to demonstrate knowledge of the
    registering in courses without prior approval from      content of a particular BCOU course or of a first
    an advisor bear the responsibility for taking courses   language (refer to page 190). The amount of credit
    that may not be applicable to program requirements.     awarded is the same as completing the course as a
                                                            registered student. Students are required to register
    Students admitted to a BCOU program who plan to         in the course and pay the course tuition and course
    take a course from an institution other than BCOU       administration fees in order to write a course
    must first apply for a Letter of Permission. One        challenge examination. Contact Student Services
    Letter of Permission per semester, per institution is   for more information.
    required for such courses. Students who do not
    obtain a Letter of Permission risk taking a course      Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio
    that may not be transferable as suitable credit to
                                                            Students demonstrate that their prior learning
    their BCOU program and are required to pay the
                                                            has provided them with a series of “competencies”
    transfer credit fee.
                                                            (such as communication abilities or problem-
    To have their program plan updated, students            solving abilities) that are critical for success in
    are responsible for notifying their program advisor     completion of a degree. Students are required to
    that additional courses have been completed and         prepare and submit a learning portfolio with
    final grades assigned.                                  written documents and other materials (e.g.,
    For courses taken through the Letter of Permission      videos, compact discs) and may be required to
    process, the program plan is updated when               have an oral interview.
    BCOU receives official transcripts detailing course     The non-refundable PLAR fee is required in advance.
    completion from the external institution. Students
    are responsible for ordering these transcripts.         Note
    Students wanting to change to a different program       PLAR portfolio assessment varies by program area.
    must consult with their program advisor. Intention      Details are provided by each program area.
    to change programs must be confirmed in writing         Normally, PLAR credit awarded by BCOU toward a
    (email is acceptable). Upon written confirmation, a     BCOU credential cannot be transferred to other
    program plan for the new program is prepared. A         post-secondary institutions. PLAR credit may not be
    fee is charged for a program plan change (refer to      accepted for admission to post-degree programs.
    page 12).                                               Students are advised to confirm the transferability
                                                            and acceptance of PLAR credit to another
                                                            institution prior to applying for PLAR.
                                                            Refer to PLAR policies on pages 22–23 and to the
                                                            PLAR Website at .

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                                                       Transferring Credit to Other Institutions
About Distance Education
                                                       BC’s post-secondary education system has a
Information is provided on the BCOU Website at
                                                       well-established transfer credit system, particularly

                                                       designed for students planning to take individual
to help students start and continue successfully as
                                                       courses or a partial university program through a
distance learners. A self-test is included to assist
prospective students in determining whether
                                                       community college or university college.
distance learning fits their lifestyle.                Students planning to register in BCOU’s college
                                                       or university courses and planning to complete a
                                                       program offered by another institution are advised
                                                       to refer to that institution’s admission information
                                                       to determine initial program requirements. Transfer
Advanced Placement                                     information is available in the Online Transfer Guide
                                                       on the Web at .
Advanced Placement is a program of college-level
courses and examinations, administered by the          Courses listed in this calendar delivered by
College Entrance Examination Board in New York,        Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of
with a Canadian office in Kelowna, BC. Unless          British Columbia (UBC), or the University of
otherwise specified, BCOU requires that students       Victoria (UVic) are BCOU university-level courses
have a minimum grade of 3.0 in the Advanced            for which students receive BCOU credit. Students
Placement program to receive transfer credit.          are responsible to be aware of transfer credit
                                                       policies prior to registration for courses they
International Baccalaureate                            plan to transfer to other institutions.
The International Baccalaureate program, sponsored
by a Swiss foundation in Geneva, is a                  SFU, UBC, UVic Transfer Credit
comprehensive curriculum, including languages,         Students are advised that registration through
science, mathematics, and humanities. Unless           BCOU in courses delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic
otherwise specified, BCOU requires that students       may not automatically be accepted for transfer
have a minimum grade of 4.0 in the International       credit to a specific program of studies by the
Baccalaureate program to receive transfer credit.      institution delivering the course. Students planning
More Information                                       to take courses through BCOU and then transfer
                                                       the credit to another institution should consult
For more information, refer to the Online Transfer     the Online Transfer Guide.
Guide on the Web at .
                                                       Students should note that registration through
                                                       BCOU in courses delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic
                                                       does not mean they are admitted to the institution
                                                       delivering the course. Students are advised to refer
Registering Only for Courses                           to the individual institution’s admission policies.
                                                       Refer to pages 191–193 for contact information.
Students who are not intending to complete a BCOU
post-secondary credential may register directly for    Visiting Students
most courses. Refer to pages 8–14.
                                                       Visiting students planning to take courses through
                                                       BCOU for transfer to another institution can
                                                       register in courses without submitting transcripts.
                                                       Although a Letter of Permission is not required by
                                                       BCOU, BCOU recommends that students obtain
                                                       one from their home institution to ensure that the
                                                       course(s) selected applies to their program of study.

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REGISTRATION

    BCOU-Delivered Distance Courses                         Course Packages
                                                            BCOU course packages include all the required
    Most BCOU-delivered distance courses are offered
                                                            texts and course materials unless otherwise noted.
    on a continuous basis, so students may register
                                                            Students also receive information about their
    throughout the year. Labs, clinicals, selected
                                                            course tutor. Tutors contact students registered in
    classroom offerings, and some Web-based, paced
                                                            courses, or students may choose to contact their
    courses have fixed start dates.
                                                            tutor first.
    For information about course availability, refer to
                                                            Students normally receive their course package by
    the BCOU Website or contact Student Services.
                                                            courier within two weeks of registering in BCOU’s
    BCOU courses that have rental materials                 courses with continuous registration. For courses
    (equipment and videos) are not available to             with fixed start dates, students normally receive
    students residing outside Canada.                       their packages by courier no later than two weeks
                                                            before the course start date.
    Course Prerequisites
    Course prerequisites are specified in the course        Completion of Courses with Continuous
    descriptions in this calendar and on the BCOU           Registration
    Website. Students are not required to submit            Completion of BCOU-delivered courses with
    transcripts in order to register in a course that       continuous registration (e.g., do not have fixed
    has prerequisites.                                      start dates) is as follows:
    Students may be required to provide proof of            • Most three-credit distance courses are designed
    English proficiency appropriate to their level of         to be completed within a four-month period,
    study. It is assumed that students have Grade 12          based on twelve to fifteen hours of study time
    English or equivalent for courses requiring no            per week.
    formal prerequisites. Refer to page 3 for more
    information on the English proficiency requirement.     • The maximum course completion time for these
                                                              courses is thirty weeks from the date of
    When registering for courses, students are                registration. As many courses are self-paced,
    required to declare that they have met the formal         students may choose to complete a course in
    or equivalent prerequisites. Students who provide a       less than the allowed maximum time.
    false declaration may be subject to penalties under
    the student conduct policy (refer to pages 18–20).        BCOU’s most successful students complete
                                                              continuous-registration three-credit courses in
    Credit Courses                                            four months or less.
    Credit courses require that students complete all       • To achieve the learning outcomes and to prepare
    mandatory coursework, including assignments               for the final examination, it is recommended
    and the final examination or project. Full tutorial       that students in BCOU-delivered courses
    support throughout the duration of the course is          complete their assignments in order and submit
    provided for all credit courses.                          them to their tutor as they complete them
                                                              (several weeks before the final examination).
    Credit-free Courses                                     • By choosing an early examination session,
    Some courses offer a credit-free option. Students         students may complete a course in less than
    complete coursework, including assignments, with          thirty weeks. Students may usually choose from
    full tutorial support but are not required to write       six examination sessions over the thirty-week
    the final examination. Refer to the policy on             period from the date of registration. This
    page 23.                                                  schedule is included in the student’s
    Contact Student Services for more information.            confirmation of registration package.

                                                            Note
                                                            Full-time financial aid students should refer to
     LEAP                                                   their Study Contract for course completion
                                                            deadlines.
     BCOU’s Learning Evaluation and Advising Program
     (LEAP) is available for those who wish to have their
     previous learning informally evaluated and require
     assistance in choosing an academic program. Refer to
     page 2 or the BCOU Website for more information.

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Examinations                                           Non-Tuition Course Costs
The final examination for a BCOU self-paced,           Texts and Course Materials
independent-study course is either a supervised
written examination held in a BCOU examination         The cost of texts and course materials varies by
centre in BC or other supervised location arranged     course and is part of the total course fee due and
by the student, or a project examination normally      payable to BCOU at the time of registration.
completed at the student’s residence. Information is   BCOU Course Materials Shipping Costs
provided in the course package and in the detailed
course descriptions on the BCOU Website.               • Within Canada: No charge

Instructions for applying to write examinations        • To the United States: $30 CDN
are in a student’s confirmation of registration        • Outside Canada (excluding US): $100 CDN
package, in the BCOU Student Handbook, and on
the BCOU Website.                                      Rented Materials
Refer to examination policies on pages 27–28.          Courses that have specified returnable materials
                                                       (e.g., equipment and videos) require a deposit to
                                                       be paid at registration. The deposit is refunded
                                                       (less the rental fee and any deduction for damaged
         BCOU Supervised Examinations
                                                       or missing items) on return of the materials in
 Examination Session       Application Deadline        good condition in the original packing. Materials
 September 11–14, 2004     August 11, 2004             for which students have paid a deposit remain the
                                                       property of BCOU. Students who fail to return
 October 16–19, 2004       September 16, 2004
                                                       rented materials do not receive the deposit refund.
 November 13–16, 2004      October 13, 2004
 December 4–7, 2004        November 4, 2004            Long-distance Phone Charges
 January 15–18, 2005       December 15, 2004           Students residing in Canada may access phone
 February 12–15, 2005      January 12, 2005            services toll-free, including tutorial services,
                                                       educational advising, registration, records,
 March 12–15, 2005         February 12, 2005
                                                       examinations, library, disability services, and
 April 9–12, 2005          March 9, 2005               technical support.
 May 7–10, 2005            April 7, 2005               Students residing outside Canada are required to
 June 11–14, 2005          May 11, 2005                pay for all long-distance phone charges for the
 July 9–12, 2005           June 9, 2005                above services, technical support and administrative
 August 13–16, 2005        July 13, 2005               services, and mandatory teleconferences in courses.
 September 10–13, 2005     August 10, 2005             PLAR Candidates
                                                       Candidates for PLAR (prior learning assessment and
                                                       recognition) are responsible for all costs associated
Registration Cancellation, Withdrawal,                 with the PLAR process. Refer to PLAR policies on
                                                       pages 22–23.
Extension, Repeat Registration
Refer to policies on pages 23–26.                      Postage
                                                       All students in all distance courses are responsible
Transcripts                                            for the cost of mailing assignments for grading.
After completing a course, students automatically
receive one unofficial transcript with their grade.    Library Services
BCOU students may order official transcripts           Some courses require students to access BCOU’s
on the BCOU Website at  or                 Library services. Refer to page 4 for applicable costs.
complete and submit the Transcript Request form,
available on the BCOU Website, in the BCOU
                                                       ■ Refer to page 12 for tuition and fees information.
Student Handbook, and from Student Services.

                                                       ■ Refer to page 14 for information on how to register.

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     Distance Courses Delivered by                            SFU-Delivered Distance Courses
     SFU, UBC, UVic
                                                              Deadlines, Prerequisites, Completion
     English Proficiency, Prerequisites Declaration           Courses are offered in September, January, and May.
     Students may be required to provide proof of             Not all courses are offered every semester. Course
     English proficiency appropriate to their level of        registration deadlines apply. Deadlines are specified
     study. It is assumed that students have Grade 12         on the BCOU Website “Register Now” system and
     English or equivalent for courses requiring no           are available from BCOU Student Services. Space is
     formal prerequisites. Refer to page 3 for more           limited and early registration is advised.
     information on the English proficiency requirement.      Prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions
     When registering for courses, students are required      in this calendar and on the BCOU Website.
     to declare that they have met the formal or              Detailed course descriptions are provided on the
     equivalent prerequisites. Students who provide a         SFU Website. Students are not required to submit
     false declaration may be subject to penalties under      transcripts to register in a course with prerequisites.
     the student conduct policy (refer to pages 18–20).       When registering for courses, students are required
                                                              to declare that they have met the formal or
     Examinations                                             equivalent prerequisites.
     Examinations are arranged by each institution.           Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming
     Refer to examination policies on pages 28–29.            course registration. SFU provides course packages,
                                                              which include all the required texts, course
     Registration Cancellation, Withdrawal,                   materials, and instructions on how to proceed.
     Extension, Repeat Registration                           Additional research materials are available through
                                                              SFU’s Library.
     Refer to policies on pages 24–26.
                                                              Students are required to complete the course in
     Postage                                                  thirteen weeks from the course start date (normally
     All students in all distance courses are responsible     the first Monday in September, January, or May)
     for the cost of mailing assignments for grading.         and submit assignments according to established
                                                              timelines. Course completion times are given in the
     Transcripts                                              course descriptions. Many courses have supervised
     After completing a course, students automatically        mid-term examinations. Final examinations are
     receive one unofficial transcript with their grade.      scheduled on specific dates in weeks fourteen or
     Students may order official transcripts on the           fifteen and are arranged by SFU (refer to page 28).
     BCOU Website at  or complete and             Those wanting to audit a course delivered by SFU
     submit the Transcript Request form, available on         should contact SFU directly.
     the BCOU Website and from Student Services.              Students residing outside Canada who are
                                                              interested in registering in SFU-delivered courses
                                                              through BCOU are considered on an individual
      SFU, UBC, UVic Transfer Credit                          basis. Contact SFU’s Centre for Distance Education
                                                              (CDE) for more details (refer to page 191).
      Students should note that registration in a course
      delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic does not mean a          Non-Tuition Course Costs
      student is admitted to that institution. Students are
                                                              The cost of texts and course materials varies by
      advised to refer to the individual institution’s
                                                              course and is part of the total course fee due and
      admission policies.
                                                              payable to BCOU at the time of registration.
                                                              Students receive required texts with course packages.
                                                              Other texts are available at the SFU Bookstore.
     ■ Refer to page 13 for tuition and fees information.     A damage deposit is charged for some courses for
                                                              materials (audio and videotapes and/or copyrighted
     ■ Refer to page 14 for information on how to register.   material) that are required to be returned at the
                                                              end of the semester. The deposit is refunded,
                                                              providing materials are returned in good,
                                                              unmarked condition by the deadline stated in
                                                              the course package.
                                                              Information about long-distance phone charges is
                                                              provided in the course package.

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UBC-Delivered Distance Courses                            UVic-Delivered Distance Courses
Deadlines, Prerequisites, Completion                      Deadlines, Prerequisites, Completion
Most courses are offered three times a year, usually      Course start dates are specific to the program area
in September, January, and May. Some are available        offering the course. Course start dates are given in
only once or twice a year. Course registration            the course descriptions. If none is listed, contact
deadlines apply. Deadlines are specified on the           the UVic program area (refer to page 193). Course
BCOU Website “Register Now” system and are                registration deadlines apply. Deadlines are specified
available from BCOU Student Services. Space is            on the BCOU Website “Register Now” system and
limited and early registration is advised.                are available from BCOU Student Services. Space is
Prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions    limited and early registration is advised.
in this calendar and on the BCOU Website.                 Prerequisites are specified in the course descriptions
Detailed course descriptions are provided on the          in this calendar and on the BCOU Website.
UBC Website. Students are not required to submit          Students are not required to submit transcripts
transcripts to register in a course with prerequisites.   to register in a course with prerequisites. When
When registering for courses, students are required       registering for courses, students are required to
to declare that they have met the formal or               declare that they have met the formal or
equivalent prerequisites.                                 equivalent prerequisites.
Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming             Students are sent a letter by BCOU confirming
course registration. UBC provides course packages,        course registration. Registered students receive
which may include a book order form to purchase           instructions by mail about purchasing texts and
texts from the UBC Bookstore. Additional research         course materials from the UVic Bookstore and
materials are available through UBC’s Library.            accessing library resources.
Courses are of variable lengths. A schedule for           Course completion times are given in the course
course completion is included in the course               descriptions. If none is listed, contact the specific
package or provided on the UBC courses                    UVic program area. Examinations are arranged
Website, together with timelines for submitting           by UVic (refer to page 29).
assignments. Course completion times are given            Those wanting to audit a course delivered by
in the course descriptions. Examinations are              UVic should contact UVic directly.
arranged by UBC (refer to page 28). Examination
information with application deadlines is provided        Some distance courses delivered by UVic are
on the UBC Website at .                     Contact the UVic program area for more details.
Those wanting to audit a course delivered by UBC          Some courses delivered by UVic include face-to-face
should contact UBC directly.                              lab, classroom, or field-trip components, which
                                                          may require travel to UVic or a designated site.
Some distance courses delivered by UBC are available      Contact the UVic program area for more details.
to students residing outside Canada. Information is
provided in UBC’s DE&T Learner’s Guide.                   Non-Tuition Course Costs
Some courses delivered by UBC include face-to-face        Students are responsible for purchasing the
lab components, which may require travel to a             required texts for most courses. Specific program
designated site. Details are available from UBC’s         areas mail instructions to registered students on
Distance Education and Technology (DE&T) Office           how to purchase course materials. Texts are
(refer to page 192).                                      available at the UVic Bookstore.
Non-Tuition Course Costs                                  Information about long-distance phone charges
                                                          and loans of materials is provided by the specific
Students are responsible for purchasing the               program area at UVic (refer to page 193).
required texts. Ordering information is included
in UBC course packages. Texts are available at the
UBC Bookstore.
Information about long-distance phone charges,
loans of materials, and costs for materials that
are not returned is provided in UBC’s DE&T
Learner’s Guide.

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     Tuition and Fees

      BCOU-Delivered Distance Courses
      Permanent Residents of BC                                   Credit-free Courses
      High-school Completion (ABE) Courses                        Applicable tuition per credit + $70 course
      $0 tuition + $70 course administration fee + texts +        administration fee + texts + course materials
      course materials
                                                                  Course Extensions—All Students
      College and University Courses
                                                                  $80 per course (not all courses are eligible for extension)
      $85 tuition per credit + $70 course administration
      fee + texts + course materials
                                                                  Program Plans
      Seniors (65 years +)
                                                                  $50 per certificate program plan
      $21.25 tuition per credit + $70 course administration
      fee + texts + course materials                              $50 per diploma/associate degree program plan

      Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC          $125 per bachelor’s degree program plan

      High-school Completion (ABE) Courses                        Re-assessments (Program Plan Change)
      $85 tuition + $75 non-BC-resident fee + $70 course
                                                                  $50 per program
      administration fee + texts + course materials
      College and University Courses                              Repeat Registrations
      $85 tuition per credit + $75 non-BC-resident fee +          Refer to policy on page 24.
      $70 course administration fee + texts + course materials
      International Students                                      Formal Grade Appeals—All Students
      High-school Completion (ABE) Courses                        $100 per course. Refer to policy on pages 30–31.
      $255 tuition + $70 course administration fee + texts +
      course materials                                            Transfer Credit Assessments
                                                                  $40 BC documents only
      College and University Courses
      $255 tuition per credit + $70 course administration         $75 Non-BC documents or combined
      fee + texts + course materials
                                                                  Course Materials Return: Restocking Fee
      • A permanent resident of BC is defined as a person         $25 per return instance. Refer to policy on pages 24–25.
        who resides in BC and possesses Canadian citizenship
        or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status.          • Fees are subject to change without notice.
      • A permanent resident of Canada residing outside           • Yukon residents pay the same tuition as BC residents.
        BC is defined as a person who resides outside BC
        and possesses Canadian citizenship or permanent           • Some courses and programs delivered by BCOU are
        resident (landed immigrant) status.                         subject to alternate fee schedules.

      • An international student is defined as a person           • The course administration fee is non-refundable
        (a) who does not possess Canadian citizenship, or           when students cancel their registration or withdraw
        (b) who is not classified as a permanent resident of        from a course.
        Canada under Canadian immigration regulations.            • Refer to individual course descriptions on the BCOU
                                                                    Website to determine course prices, or contact
                                                                    Student Services.

     Note to Canadian Citizens Residing outside Canada            To apply for reimbursement, students are required to
     All students residing outside Canada pay the international   submit a request in writing to the BCOU Office of the
     tuition rate when they register online for courses.          Registrar, accompanied by a photocopy of their birth
     Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada          certificate, passport, or citizenship certificate as proof
     (landed immigrants) will be reimbursed a portion of          of Canadian citizenship.
     their tuition on submission of proof of Canadian             Students may submit requests by mail to the BCOU
     citizenship. With the reimbursement, tuition paid is         Office of the Registrar, Box 82080, Burnaby, BC V5C 6J8,
     equal to tuition for permanent residents of Canada           Canada, or by fax to 604.431.3444.
     residing outside British Columbia (non-BC Canadian).

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REGISTRATION

 SFU-Delivered Distance Courses                              • Fees are subject to change without notice.
 Permanent Residents of BC                                   • The course administration fee is non-refundable
 Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC            when students cancel their registration or withdraw
                                                               from a course.
 $142.30 tuition per credit + $70 course administration
 fee + texts + course materials                              • For information on auditing courses, contact SFU.
                                                               Refer to page 191 for contact information.
 Seniors (60 years +)
 $0 tuition + $70 course administration fee + texts
 + course materials
 International Students
 $475.70 tuition per credit + $70 course administration
 fee + texts + course materials

 UBC-Delivered Distance Courses                              • Fees are subject to change without notice.
 Permanent Residents of BC                                   • The course administration fee is non-refundable
 Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC            when students cancel their registration or withdraw
                                                               from a course.
 $133.70 or $148.90 tuition per credit + $80 course
 administration fee + texts (purchased separately)           • For information on auditing courses, contact UBC.
 + course materials. Tuition varies by the program.            Refer to page 192 for contact information.
 Refer to the BCOU Website.
 Seniors (60 years +)
 $0 tuition + $80 course administration fee + texts
 + course materials
 International Students
 $516 or $542 tuition per credit + $80 course
 administration fee + texts + course materials

 UVic-Delivered Distance Courses                             • Fees are subject to change without notice.
 Permanent Residents of BC                                   • The course administration fee is non-refundable
 Permanent Residents of Canada, Residing outside BC            when students cancel their registration or withdraw
                                                               from a course.
 $141.30 tuition per credit + $35 course administration
 fee (varies by course) + texts + course materials           • For information on auditing courses, contact UVic.
                                                               Refer to page 193 for contact information.
 Seniors
                                                             • Fees listed do not apply to all courses. Refer to the
 No reduced fees                                               BCOU Website.
 International Students                                      • Note: 3 BCOU credits = 1.5 UVic units.
 $416.50 tuition per credit + $35 course administration
 fee (varies by course) + texts + course materials

• All fees are payable with course registrations and other   • In the event of any indebtedness to BCOU, any fees
  requested services and are required to be paid to the        paid are first applied to the removal of the debt.
  British Columbia Open University in Canadian funds in      • No official transcripts, certificates, diplomas, or degrees
  the manner and by the dates prescribed. Cheques are          are issued to a student in debt to the British Columbia
  to be drawn on Canadian financial institutions.              Open University except by the approval of the board,
• The board of the British Columbia Open University            nor is the student permitted to repeat a registration,
  reserves the right to change tuition fees, and the           obtain a course extension, or write an examination
  president of the Open Learning Agency reserves the           until all indebtedness is removed.
  right to change all other fees without prior notice.

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     How to Register                                            Register Online
     To register, applicants should:                            www.bcou.ca

     1. Select course(s) and confirm course availability        With Visa, MasterCard, or approved student loan
        by referring to the BCOU Website or by                  Use the “Register Now” system on the BCOU Website
        contacting Student Services.                            to register quickly and conveniently.
     2. Ensure that course prerequisites (outlined in the
        course descriptions in this calendar and on the         Register by Phone
        BCOU Website) are met and declare when                  604.431.3300
        registering that the necessary prerequisites have       1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada)
        been met.
                                                                With Visa or MasterCard
     3. Confirm access to equipment required (such as
                                                                Phone Student Services, with course details and credit
        to the Internet for a Web-based course). Required
                                                                card information, on any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to
        equipment is noted in the course descriptions in        4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time); closed on statutory holidays.
        this calendar and on the BCOU Website.
     4. Be aware of the application deadline and the            Register by Fax
        course start date, especially if the course is          604.431.3444
        delivered by SFU, UBC, or UVic.
                                                                With Visa or MasterCard
     5. Disclose a disability when registering if special
        arrangements are required and submit a                  Fax both sides of the completed Course Registration
        written request, including relevant medical             form to Student Services (do not mail the original
        documentation, a minimum of ten weeks prior             Course Registration form when it is sent by fax).
        to the course start date.
                                                                Register by Mail
     6. Select one of the methods of payment listed.            British Columbia Open University
     • Registrations are not processed until all course         Student Services
       fees have been received.                                 Box 82080
                                                                Burnaby, BC V5C 6J8
     • Payment is deposited on receipt.                         Canada
     • Payment is refunded for registrations not
                                                                With Visa, MasterCard, cheque, or money order
       processed.
                                                                Mail the completed Course Registration form with
                                                                full fee payment to Student Services. Cheque or
       Tax Receipts                                             money order is payable to the British Columbia
                                                                Open University.
       T2202A receipts are issued only to students taking
       courses at the post-secondary level. BCOU provides       With student loan or grant
       official receipts (T2202A: Tuition and Education         Mail the completed Course Registration form with
       Credit Certificate) for income tax purposes in           a completed Part-time Student Assistance
       February of each year for the previous calendar year.    Application form or a completed Full-time Fee
       BCOU provides tax receipts to students with a            Deferral Request form.
       Canadian address and to students who are
       permanent residents of Canada with a temporary
       address outside Canada.
       Tuition fees for courses spanning one calendar year     ■ The Course Registration form is provided at the
       to the next are prorated to each applicable year. For     end of this calendar and on the BCOU Website.
       example, a course with a four-month completion
       time starting in November is recorded fifty per cent
       on the tax receipt for the year when the course
       started and fifty per cent on the receipt for the
       following year.
       For information about income tax regulations, refer
       to the Canada Revenue Agency Website at
       .

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FINANCIAL AID AND AWARDS

Applying for Financial Assistance                        Part-time Bursaries and Grants
                                                         (non-repayable aid)
For part-time or full-time application forms and
information, contact Student Services.                   The Part-time Student Assistance Application form
• Applicants may submit part-time application            is provided on the BCOU Website and is available
  forms (originals only) to the BCOU Financial           from the Financial Aid and Awards office. Up to
  Aid and Awards office.                                 four weeks is required to process the application.

• Applicants may submit full-time application            The programs listed in this section pay for all
  forms online at  or paper             direct educational costs, including tuition, course
  forms to the Ministry of Advanced Education.           administration fee, and required textbooks, as well
                                                         as supplies, a small miscellaneous living allowance,
• Students making up a full-time course load             and some childcare when applicable.
  from more than one institution (split-enrolled)
  are to inform each institution’s financial aid         Upon approval of a bursary or grant application,
  office before registering.                             the student is registered in the requested course(s),
                                                         or, if already registered, is reimbursed by cheque or
                                                         credit card refund.
Residency Requirements
                                                         Bursaries and grants are available to applicants
Currently, only Canadian citizens and permanent          who demonstrate financial need (according to
residents (landed immigrants) are eligible to apply      the formula used by the BC Student Assistance
for assistance.                                          Program) and, for the Canada Study Grant only,
                                                         are unable to study full-time or to fund part-time
Full-time Assistance                                     study through employment. Applicants must be
The Canada Student Loans Program defines a               in good standing with any previous Canada or BC
student’s province of residence for the purposes of      student loans.
full-time assistance as the last province lived in for
twelve consecutive months as a non full-time             Adult Basic Education Student Assistance
student, or if the student has immigrated within         Program (ABESAP)
the last year, the province in which they landed.        This provincial grant program provides funding
Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed         to students registered in Adult Basic Education
immigrants) who do not qualify as residents of BC        courses; Grade 10, 11, or 12 completion; ESL
may apply for full-time government loans and             (English as a second language); or Basic Literacy.
grants through the province of which they are
considered to be residents. If the student’s chosen      Canada Study Grant for High-Need Students
program of study is available at institutions in their   This federal grant program (CSG) provides funding
province of residence, the student may not be            to students registered in qualifying post-secondary
eligible for provincial loans and grants through         courses who are pursuing a certificate, diploma,
some provinces while studying in BC.                     or degree. Applicants are required to have primary
                                                         responsibility for dependents, have a disability,
Part-time Assistance                                     or be otherwise unable to study full-time. The
Applicants must be resident in BC at the time of         maximum funding per student per program year
application to receive part-time assistance through      (August 1 to July 31) is $1,200.
BCOU. For students not residing in BC, the
Part-time Canada Study Grant (CSG) can be                Erm Fiorillo-Hal Davis CKNW Orphans’ Fund
applied for directly through the government in the       Endowment Fund
province in which the student is residing.               Established by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, this
                                                         endowment provides funding to students who
                                                         are single parents. Preference is given to those not
 Comprehensive Financial Planning for Education          already receiving funding through other programs
                                                         and who have not previously completed a
 Funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education,        post-secondary program of study.
 this resource provides “hands-on” opportunities to
 explore financial planning through a series of          Barbara Guttmann-Gee Bursary Endowment
 learner-oriented modules. It is available on the Web    Fund
 at .
                                                         Established by BCOU 1991 graduate Barbara
                                                         Guttmann-Gee, this endowment provides funding
                                                         to women students. Preference is given to older
                                                         women in financial need.

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     BCOU Bursary Endowment Fund                               All students receiving student loans or grants are
                                                               required to sign a Study Contract (or Payment
     This endowment gives preference to candidates
                                                               Schedule for onsite students).
     who do not have access to other sources of
     financial aid and those pursuing a BCOU credential.       After registration, full-time status for distance
                                                               courses is maintained by submitting assignments
     Full-time Student Loans and Grants                        each month and submitting all coursework during
                                                               the loan period in nine credits (the minimum
     Students may apply for the BC Student Assistance          required for full-time status). Loan documents and
     Program (BCSAP) online at  or            grants are not released past the study period
     may use a paper application, which must be                midpoint without sufficient academic progress.
     submitted a minimum of fours weeks before the             Final examinations may be written after the loan
     funding is required.                                      period but before the course completion date as
     Students may check their loan application status          specified in the student’s welcome letter.
     online at .                              Failure to submit assignments on a regular schedule
                                                               throughout the loan period, or failure to submit all
     BC Student Assistance Program (BCSAP)
                                                               coursework by the end of the loan period, may be
     This program provides Canada student loans and            regarded as a “technical” withdrawal from full-time
     BC student loans to BC residents who demonstrate          study even though a student does not formally withdraw.
     financial need and who are enrolled full-time in          This may result in a portion of the loan being
     post-secondary programs.                                  placed in “over award” and becoming immediately
     The maximum award for both educational and                repayable (“over award” portions of a grant are
     living costs is $275 per week for eligible students       retroactively converted to an interest-bearing loan).
     without dependents and $435 per week for eligible         Eligibility for further funds, interest-free status, and
     students with dependents.                                 other privileges associated with full-time status may
                                                               be affected.
     To be considered a full-time student under the
     BCSAP, it is necessary to register in and complete        Interest Relief
     a minimum course load of nine new credits per             Students who are required to begin repayment of
     four-month loan period. (Repeat registrations can         their BC or Canada student loans but are unable
     only be used when no assignments were passed              to do so due to financial hardship may apply for
     in the previous registration.)                            interest relief through their lending institution
     For distance education students this is a shorter         (for risk-shared loans) or Student Loan Centre (for
     completion schedule than BCOU imposes. This               direct loans). Approval is based on financial need
     can be a challenge for students unfamiliar with           and can maintain the loans in interest-free status
     studying at home, and it is recommended that new          for up to three years (up to five years in some cases).
     BCOU students begin with part-time study or that
     they familiarize themselves with the new method           Full-time Single Parents Bursary Endowment
     of study before taking out loans. Information             Fund
     about taking distance courses is provided on the          Established by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, this
     BCOU Website at  to help students start and continue        are single parents, have received the maximum
     successfully as distance learners.                        student loan amount, and still have “unmet need.”
     Much of the flexibility of open learning is lost when     Applicants must have successfully completed their
     applying for full-time government student loans.          last full-time term with BCOU.
     There are six distance education loan periods, each
     four months long, which start on January 10,              BCOU Emergency Bridging Loan Fund
     March 10, May 10, July 10, September 10, and              This fund is used to provide short-term bridging
     November 10. Students are required to register in a       loans to enrolled distance education students
     full-time course load within the month prior to the       who incur unforeseen delays in their financing
     start date of each period (e.g., register in August for   (normally student loans). Loans of up to $700,
     a September start).                                       interest-free, are provided for a period of up to sixty
     Any continuous registrations received after the           days, provided the pending financing is guaranteed
     start date of the term can only be applied to the         (e.g., an approved student loan) and assignable.
     following term (e.g., a January 11 registration can       These loans cannot be issued prior to the first day
     be applied only to the following loan term).              of a student’s study period.

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